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From The Huddersfield Daily Chronicle (West Yorkshire, England), Thursday, December 7, 1882; pg. 4; Issue 4788.
Mr. Gladstone witnessed the performance of Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan's new opera, "Iolanthe," at the Savoy Theatre, on Monday evening. As on the previous occasion when he visited the same house during the run of "Patience," the Premier was recognised immediately on entering. The assembled audience rose to their feet and cheered him as, accompanied by his son, Mr. Herbert Gladstone, M.P., he proceeded to take his seat in the fourth row of the orchestra stalls.
The performance was received, if possible, with increased fervour, the presence of the Premier giving additional piquancy to the political allusions with which Mr. Gilbert's very original and amusing story is interspersed. This was especially the case with regard to the declaration by the Queen of the Fairies, in the person of Miss Alice Barnett, that members of Parliament —
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